LOGAN – The weather is changing quickly from constant rain and threats of flooding to a winter storm that could cause hazardous road conditions and power outages.
The National Weather Service at Charleston has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that will be in effect from 5 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday.
Heavy snow is expected to across the central and southern mountains. Counties included in the advisory are: Mingo, Logan, Boone and Pocahontas. Cities included are Williamson, Gilbert Creek, Chattaroy, Amherstdale, Robinette, Logan, Chapmanville, Mallory, Switzer, Holden, Man, Madison and Marlinton.
There may be snow and brief periods of freezing rain, then snow accumulations of two to four inches. The most snow is expected between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Winds will come from the North at 5 to 10 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s.
Roads may be snow covered and icy and wet snow accumulations on trees and power lines may produce power fluctuations or outages.
Appalachian Power has released a statement saying heavy, wet snow has the potential to cause significant damage to electrical facilities, including the ability to bring down power lines and poles. They have contract line workers, damage assessors and tree crews are ready to move in position tomorrow and say resources outside the Appalachian service area are being secured and will be staged in the hardest-hit areas.
More information will be provided as the storm passes through the region.